Archive | March, 2011

For Teens Who Love Words and Writing…

31 Mar



 AGES 12-18


Mondays at 7:30 P.M.


April 11, 25, 2011


May 2 & 9, 2011


Join us as we explore the world of poetry by reading some aloud and by writing some of your own.


Registration starts Monday, April 4, 2011. Please register in the Children’s Room at the desk, or call: (617) 796-1370.


* This program is best suited for teens

who love words and love writing! *




330 Homer Street

Newton, MA 02459


Newton South Arts – Opening Reception

31 Mar

Take a look at the creative ceramics and other artwork from Newton South High School students on the second floor of the library!  Here’s info for the opening reception on April 2nd– come and enjoy.

Take a look at the amazing art of the “Book Surgeon”!

20 Mar

Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.

Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.

“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.

“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”

Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

Resource Spotlight: Graphic Novels

17 Mar

If you are looking for one-stop shopping for links related to Graphic Novels and Webcomics, a great place to start is with the Internet Public Library’s page for Graphic Novels. It is loaded with resources ranging from the history of the genre to Japanese manga and Webcomics. Check it out!

FYI, the Internet Public Library2 ( is a public service organization with collections designed, built, created and maintained by thousands of students, volunteer librarians, and information science professional. The entire site is a fantastic treasure trove of selected Internet links — just being selected for this website makes a link a trusted source.

Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi wins 2011 Printz Award

10 Mar

Paolo Bacigalupi is also a 2010 National Book Award Finalist in Young People’s Literature

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Little, Brown & Co.


In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .


Paolo Bacigalupi’s writing has appeared in High Country News,, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. His short fiction has been nominated for two Nebula Awards and four Hugo Awards, and won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story of the year. His short story collection PUMP SIX AND OTHER STORIES was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and also named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

His debut novel THE WINDUP GIRL was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His most recent novel, SHIP BREAKER, is his first for young adults and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The Horn Book.

Paolo lives in Western Colorado with his wife and son, where he is currently working on a new novel.

Smart People Use Smart Libraries

8 Mar

Although this fun video comes via Library Ireland Week @ your library, its appeal is universal and international.  Yay for libraries EVERYWHERE!!

Video Contest! on “Why I Need My Library”

3 Mar

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), this contest invites teenagers ages 13-18 to create original videos of 1-3 minutes in length about why they feel “I need my Library.”  The videos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination of techniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six.  Check out this list of tips and resources on making a video.

Read through the judging criteria to see how entries will be judged.

Teens submit their original videos and compete in two age categories, 13-15 and 16-18, for prizes.  Winners will identify either their school library or their local public library as the beneficiary of the cash prizes:

From each age category (2 categories total):

  • Three 3rd place winners will receive $1000 each for their selected libraries
  • Two 2nd place winners will receive $2000 each for their selected libraries
  • One 1st place winner will receive $3000 for their selected library PLUS $50 gift cards to an online bookseller for each individual member of the winning group (limit of 6 participants per group)

Videos should be submitted to YouTube and tagged alaneedmylibrary 15 for entries in the age 13-15 category, and alaneedmylibrary 18 for entries in the age 16-18 category.  Teens must also mail in an entry form. Videos are submitted online, but an entry form needs to be received in the mail by April 18 in order for a submission to be eligible.

Contest entries also must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight April 18, 2011.  Full Contest Guidelines are available here.

Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28).

Questions about the contest can be directed to

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